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Virginia

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Sep 22, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

60%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
72 / 100
Eurogamer
Recommended
IGN
8.5 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
9.3 / 10
Polygon
9 / 10
Destructoid
3 / 10
TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Virginia

A slick cinematic thriller, but interaction is limited and the story loses focus in the final act.

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Virginia's an astonishing piece of narrative design, and a game that goes where few others are capable of following.

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IGN

8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Virginia shows instead of tells, with a raw, understated power and a calculated nuance that make even the smallest, most mundane details brim with narrative and emotional significance. While I never found a way to impact or change significant story events, the tale of family, friendship, career, and identity that Virginia tells (without uttering a single word) was enough of a reward for my limited input. The mysteries that remain by the end especially justified a second and third visit, and even now I can feel the secrets of Kingdom, Virginia and the two women whose lives changed there luring me back for another.

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Some may dismiss it as just another pretentious walking sim, but this innovative Lynchian drama is one of the best story-based games of the year.

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An engaging and surreal first-person narrative adventure packed with mystery and effective emotional moments

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Virginia is powerful and original

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Virginia is, at its best, a gaming mechanism that provides slightly more immersion than watching a movie -- and at its worst, a failed walking simulator with a convoluted ending. Because it is a scripted experience light on interaction and choice, I'm not entirely sure I can recommend it as a game. There may be an inkling of promise in its budding story, but for many I imagine it will be hard to read between the lines and even harder to consider it a worthy experience.

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Virginia’s tale of intrigue and mystery quickly comes full circle. In that time, it will take you to some pretty surprising, extraordinary places, and easily warrants a second playthrough. The closing moments may not be to everyone’s taste, though the journey to get there is certainly worthwhile.

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OpenCritic Coverage

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